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Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria Lake Victoria is 68,800 square kilometres (26,560 mi²) in size, making it Africa's largest lake, the largest tropical lake in the world, and the second largest fresh water lake in the world in terms of surface area. Being relatively shallow for its size, with a maximum depth of 84 m (276 ft) and a mean depth of 40 m (131 ft), Lake Victoria ranks as the seventh largest freshwater lake by volume, containing 2,750 cubic kilometres (2.2 million acre-feet) of water. It is the source of the longest branch of the Nile River, the White Nile, and has a water catchment area of 184,000 square kilometres (71,040 mi²). It is a biological hotspot with great biodiversity.

Lake Victoria National Park is a beautiful peaceful bushland fringed by the lake’s water and reeve. More than 190 species of birds have been recorded in the park including the rare White Bellied Sea Eagle and the endangered Little Tern. The park also supports a large population of Eastern Grey Kangaroos and Black Wallabies. Brush-tailed Possums and Ring-tailed Possums are also common. Less common mammals include Sugar Gliders, Pygmy Possums, and the endangered New Holland Mouse. The rare large-footed Myotis is one of eleven bat species found in the park.


Sailing on Lake Victoria
Port of Kisumu
Woodland Kingfisher, Photo: David Meeker Papyhrus
 

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